Ideas for good: Personal AI fighting for you

We have more ideas from you good folks to making IT good... from using advertising methods to shame people into being green to reimagining how children can be taught with elearning.

We have divided the kind of ideas we are looking for into three main strands: Utopian visions, where we are looking for folks to push the boat out and dream; Practical suggestions, looking at what annoys you right now, and asking you to suggest what could we do about it; Re-imagining - a starting from scratch type approach, asking what we take for granted that we could rip up and start again.

Here are some new suggestions.

Practical suggestions: Get your AI here

John Peto suggest a new AI, optimised to explain other AI neural network decisions.

‘As (weak) AI,’ he says, ‘becomes ubiquitous, it’s going to make lots of mistakes and we’re going to need to understand why it makes mistakes so that we can further optimise. Personal AI is needed to combat corporate AI so that we’re not constantly taken for a ride.’

He uses some examples, starting with improvement in anti-fraud AI:

  • It’s obvious that I don’t want to make an out of character large payment to a newly opened bank account in a far-off place without some additional checks, like talking to a person. Also, I could do with some AI to help with phishing and click bait and other annoyances that are easily spotted.
  • AI to manage vehicles, so that all equipped vehicles share routes evenly around traffic jams, so that winners and losers are rotated evenly. So today I might get sent down a lengthy detour, but tomorrow I’ll get paid back with a quick route that others have been diverted off.
  • AI to stop trucks hitting bridges and getting stuck down unsuitable roads: all the common-sense stuff that we still struggle with.
  • AI to tell me if I could take the train cheaper, and maybe some constantly varying train tickets prices, to ensure that trains are used optimally based on demand.
  • Quantum computing regulation: so that the first owners don’t get a ridiculously unfair advantage in trading markets by uncovering trends and techniques which will most likely be followed by a crash. Just regulation to use new technology responsibly, not just for pointless money grabbing.

‘There’s a short wish list,’ he writes, ‘but I’d swap it all for one final wish: Use AI and psychology and anything else at our disposal to make rampant and unsustainable consumerism as uncool as it undoubtedly is. We need to shame people into leading greener lives, myself included. Sheep mentality means that we should be able to reverse a lot of the current trends with the same marketing psychology that we’ve used to create the problems. We just need to speed things up in this space.’ 

Re-imagining: education

Paul Chau sends us some ideas on assessment in school. ‘The standardised learning path has been working for a long time’, he says, ‘however, with the evolution on data science and usage of elearning, it may be possible to renew the whole education system to make children equipped with the skills they need in the current information age adaptively.

‘This is how it works: first if we do most or all teaching with an elearning system, the elearning system can collect the student behaviour throughout the teaching process, and the materials can then be adjusted by analysing the student behaviour on each particular topic and use the process itself to be an assessment instead of a single end-of-term examination.   

‘Second, as the assessment method is renewed teachers are able to provide teaching materials not according to syllabus but generate more chances for student-initiate learning. By analysing student participation status throughout the years, the system can then match the student with some career paths fitting the student ability and interest and thus and minimise a student time spending on unnecessary subjects/skills. That could help a student to find their own interest and useful suggestions on career planning, and also help the country to keep track on the quantity and quality of talents in each sectors.’

Utopian visions: re-engineering you and the organisation

Hilton Mayston suggests a human equivalent of the plimsoll line. ‘I have started to document my 13-year journey with the concept’, she says and sends a link to her blog. 

Kenneth Allen sends some thoughts in on the management of an organisation. He writes:

The administration of an organisation consists of information and operations that use and create the information. By articulating both the operations and the information associated with them complete knowledge of the organisation may be defined. Clearly this may be performed progressively across different sections of the organisation. 

Business operation: A business operation consists of a hierarchical set of processes that are individually defined. Each operation uses information and will often create additional information. Operations may be grouped into a more complex operation. As the use of the articulation of the organisation evolves it may be deemed worthwhile to define the operation in more detail to provide the additional knowledge to improve the organisation of the business further. This will also provide the possibility of automation for IT systems. The information used and created by the operations is defined producing knowledge of where and how information is used, and where it is created. This provides the basis for evolving an organisation whether driven by internal or external factors.

The knowledge this provides:

  • The operations used 
  • The processes each operation uses 
  • The information each process uses and how it is presented by the process 
  • The information each process creates and how it is presented by the process 
  • How the same information is used by different processes 
  • How the same information is created by different processes   

Information may also be defined for decision making. There are three types of information involved:

  • Information that is available 
  • Information that could affect the decision 
  • Information that is used   

The articulated knowledge supports the following actions: 

  • Costing the operation 
  • Managing change 
  • Meeting new requirements 
  • Improving efficiency and efficacy 
  • Defining information supply requirements   
  • Defining the organisation 
  • Integration of the operations 

The procedures may be applied to the whole of an organisation, or specific sections, enabling the whole organisation, or section, to be fully understood. It may not be necessary to define the processes associated with a business operation, the operation itself can be defined by its purpose, the information it uses and the information it creates.   

Existing facilities system to: 

  • Define the processes used by an operation 
  • Define the processes with all relevant conditions 
  • Define the information used by a process in the terms used by the process 
  • Integration of the information used by processes to define the information within the organisation or section of the organisation 
  • Design of the repository to hold the information (not yet implemented)   

Way forward: Find a partner who will add the finishing touches to, and support, the software, and to market the product.   

Feel inspired?

Any of those ideas push your buttons? Or inspire further thoughts? Share your ideas.

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